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. this is a "situation room" special report, the north korean crisis, happening now. kim jong-un keeps the world on-edge. and there's new science he won't stop with just one provocation. >>> plus, cnn's rare visit to the dividing line between north and south korea. it's the most militarized border on the planet. and the crimes that pay for north korea's military might. it's like something out of the movie, "the godfather." >>> we begin this hour with a tough, new warning to north korea from the defense secretary of the united states. chuck hagel. he says kim jong-un, is skating, in his words, very close to a dangerous line. the communist leader could order a missile test launch at any moment. we're being told that the north koreans are military masters of deception who may have something else up their sleeves, as well. our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, is joining us now with the latest. barbara? >> reporter: wolf, military masters of deception, indeed. and new indications that the north koreans may have some other plans up their sleeve. defense secretary chuck hagel's message to kim jong-u
. >> are you ready to go to pyongyang and meet with kim jong-un? >> i have made it consistently clear that i am ready to visit the dprk when and if my visit is helpful, and in close coordination with the concerned parties, particularly the republic of korea and the united states. >> stand by for more of my interview with the united nations secretary-general ban ki-moon. the u.n. secretary-general delivers a direct and powerful message to kim jong-un. i asked him to deliver that message in korean, knowing that they watch cnn international in north korea. at least the elite, the elite government officials and the military do. you'll hear that message in korean. what he has to say to kim jong-un, that's coming up this hour on our special report, the korean crisis. >>> up next, though, we have secret film from inside north korea. very dangerous escape route for people who are starving. >>> and the former president bill clinton once called the korean border the scariest place on earth. gun fights, kidnappings, other dangers in the dmz. ♪ introducing bbm video with screen share. hey aleigh. hey! ca
at any moment without warning. plus, kim jong-un's family secrets. how he rose to power over his brothers and his insecurities right now and a clear and direct threat to america. very strong words. the troops are preparing for the worst. >>> a u.s. official tells us that a launch of north korea's missiles may be imminent and it may happen without the usual warning to planes and ships in the region. that's a very, very dangerous scenario. defensive missiles are now poised in japan, in south korea and on guam where there are 6,000 troops. the united states says it will track any missiles launched by kim jong-un and quickly decide whether to shoot them down. our correspondents are covering this from around the world. we're being joined this hour and being followed by every new development. first, let's go to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence for the very latest. >> reporter: wolf, a u.s. official says north korea could test a mobile ballistic missile at any time. what happens after that depends on where that test takes place. the u.s. has been pouring over the latest satellite images
. waiting for north korea's dangerous move that could happen at any time. how can kim jong-un test his missiles and the patience of the world. we're following the money. >>> americans on vacation in a crisis zone. their pleasure tour of north korea. >>> u.s. officials fear this could -- could be the week that north korea goes ahead with a provocative missile launch or something everyone worse. kim jong-un's regime warns the region is coming in the words of hot bed of war. north korea is suspending operations and a huge industrial complex near the border jointly owned with south korea. our correspondents are covering this unfolding crisis and u.s. response with tons of thousands of americans potentially at risk. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent right now, barbara starr. what's the very latest, barbara? >> well, wolf, at this hour, we can tell you that the u.s. intelligence community, the united states military throwing everything they have, satellites, eves dropping systems, reconnaissance, everything they can at the north korea. trying to figure out what the regime is up to. k
closer to war. >>> he's armed and dangerous. we'll take a closer look at what may be driving kim jong-un to make brazen threats and defy the world. >>> and dialing it down. the obama administration addresses concerns that its response to this crisis has only made matters worse. >>> one of the most dangerous regimes in the world and now north korea says it's on the brink of war. u.s. officials fear it may be planning a missile launch soon. the threats have been amping up every day from a nation under the thumb of a young and unpredictable leader. kim jong-un is armed with a huge military, powerful conventional we papons and a nuclear program. this hour, our correspondents take a look at the threat to the united states and the world and president obama's response. christiane amanpour and fareed zakaria will give us the global view of the crisis. but we begin with barbara starr. barbara, after days of aggressive behavior from north korea, what should we be looking for right now? >> reporter: right now it continues to be a watching and waiting game by the obama administration to see what nor
, happening now. kim jong-un keeps the world on edge literally atfully moment. he won't stop with just one provocation. plus, cnn's rare visit to the dividing line between north and south korea, the most militarized border on the planet, where the threat of war is very real. and the crimes to help pay for north korea's military might is like something out of the movie, the godfather. you. >>> we begin this hour with a tough new warning from north korea today. chuck hagel says kim jong-un is skating close to a dangerous line. the communist leader could order a missile test launch at any moment. we're being told the north koreans are military masters of deception who may have something else up their sleeves as well. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us now with the latest. barbara? >> well, wolf, military masters of deception in deed. and new indications that the north koreans may have some other plans up their sleeve. defense secretary chuck hagel's message to kim jong-u.n. and his north korean regime? enough is enough. >> with its rhetoric, with its actions, have been ska
attack, even if kim jong-un threatens to test a missile at any moment. >>> congress debates gun control. chris cuomo shows us what it is like to go through a federal background check. it is a process. tough it up. >>> and the newest member of the cnn family, world renowned chef, anthony bourdain, joins us with a preview of his brand new show. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." north korea's warning war could break out at any moment. now there may be new reason to fear that kim jong-un's threat of a nuclear attack are more serious than the world thought before. let's go to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. chris, does the u.s. still think north korea is going to test the missile? >> reporter: they think it is a matter of time at this point, although obviously they would prefer he not conduct that test. they have seen north korea move two missiles to the east coast, they have seen him raise the launcher and then lower it, but they're not sure if that means kim may be backing off his threat or
a clear message to kim jong-un, it's not when you launch the musudan missiles, but where. if a test missile flies out over the water, the u.s. pacific commander does not want it shot down. >> i would not recommend that. if we have any pre-determined, we should have a sense of where it's going to be aimed. >> if it's aimed over land near japanese territory, interceptor missiles could be used to destroy it. >> i would recommend action if it's aimed ought our allies. >> reporter: this launch could be different from previous tests when the u.s. had significant indications on what was about to happen before liftoff. >> i would recommend action if it's aimed ought our allies. >> reporter: this launch could be different from previous tests when the u.s. had significant indications on what was about to happen before liftoff. >> to understand the direction of a launch, where it was at. >> reporter: u.s. radars will calculate their trajectory of north korea's road mobile missile. but admits the u.s. won't know as much as soon. >> we're probably looking at being able to see it being if a gener
jong il's grandfather, the founder of of the desperate nation and it could be the day that kim jong un orders the missiles fired. secretary of state kerry meeting with the chinese and japanese leaders as they continue on sunday morning to defy the world. december fite efforts, pyongyang released a new video. it shows them attacking with us nuclear missiles. it seems, though, they thought that arkansas was colorado. they apparently seem to attack los angeles. new york. as well as hawaii. good morning. welcome to america's news headquarters. >> jamie: great to see you. >> eric: great to be with you. >> jamie: that is what they threatened to do. keep a close eye on that this hour. i'm jamie colby. great to have you here. secretary of state kerry, we have been reporting affirming that china and japan will work together to rid north korea of nuclear weapons. the secretary saying that the u.s. is willing to reopen the talks if the regime were to abide by previous agreements on the nuclear program. listen. >> the united states and the other countries i met with in the last two days are commit
this video on state television reportedly showing the dictator, kim jong-un, firing a gun as he inspects their military exercises around the country. david piper is streaming live from seoul, south korea. david, what is north korea telling its people about this ongoing crisis? >> hi, rick. propaganda being pumped out on north korean tv. mostly centering around the young leader, kim jong-un. one report showed him handling a pistol. and also explaining to a soldier how to use a weapon. this man has no military experience himself. also today, as you said, there was some mass rallies in some of the cities in north korea. and there was a lot of posters up, most of them anti-american, rick. >> david, where it's sunday morning now where you are, what is the latest on the missile movements by the north? >> well, south korean government has announced that they understand that two intermediate missiles have been moved to the east coast of north korea. there were reports that these were much more long-range missiles, able to reach the american mainland. but they say that isn't true. we do understan
and armed, waiting for north korea's next dangerous move that could happen any time. as kim jong-un threatens war, how could he afford to test his weapons and the patience of the world? we're following the money. >>> and americans on vacation in a crisis zone. they'll tell us about their pleasure tour of north korea. >>> u.s. officials fear this could be the week north korea goes ahead with a provocative missile launch or something even worse. kim jong-un's regime warns the region is becoming a hot bed of war. tensions are only rising now that north korea is suspending operations of a huge industrial complex near the border jointly owned with south korea. our correspondents are covering this unfolding crisis and the u.s. response with tens of thousands of americans potentially at risk. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr right now. she's following the renewed concerns about the north's nuclear ambitions. what's the very latest, barbara? >> well, wolf, at this hour we can tell you that the u.s. intelligence community, the united states military, slowing everything
the world should do about another new leader, kim jong-un and his nuclear weapons. >> we are united in the fact north korea is not going to be accepted as a nuclear power. >> when troubling -- when handling the troubling young leader, kerry believes china holds the key and he thinks it is time to stop the antics. >> china has the ability to stop the antics and i hope our conversations lay out a path to diffuse the tension. >> the problem is china has shown no ability to stop north korea in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. startlingay was the revelation on new intelligence. >> dias has it on confidence that the north has weapons capable of delivery, but with lo reliability. >> i choose not to comment. >> if north korea has the ability to build missiles, it changes the strategic map of this region. pyongyang can threaten seoul with thousands of artillery pieces but nuclear missiles threaten u.s. bases in japan and the u.s. itself. >> even if it is not there yet, the recent long-range rocket shows it is getting closer and closer. >> americans can say what we want adn the world community
u.s. forces trained in hazmat suits. it is preparation in the unlikely event kim jong-un were to deploy his nation's arsenal of chemical weapons. one of the largest stockpiles in the world. but the only attack so far, a hacker on north korea flickr site. yes, they have a flickr photo site. placing a pig-like snout on kim jong un's face, and a mickey mouse on his chest. no one really believes north korea will launch a nuclear or chemical attack, but if they test that mobile missile, and there's damage, either on purpose or by mistake, there will, no doubt, be a response. diane? >> thanks so much, martha. and from your location south of pyongyang, to washington, d.c., where they're tracking every move in this aggressive game, unfolding on the world stage. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl now on the mind of this young leader, raising the stakes day after day. >> reporter: imagine the cia's dossier on the world's most mysterious leader. until shortly before he took power 15 months ago, this was the only known photograph of kim jong un, a snapshot of a boy just 1
. a chilling new claim about kim jong-un's ability to launch a nuclear attack even as his regime threatens war. from the white house to the situation room, ban ki-moon joins us this hour. he'll deliver a direct message to kim jong-un in pyongyang. and we have secret film coming in from north korea. it shows smugglers forming an escape route for the poor and starving citizens. we begin with breaking news. north korea warns war could break out at any moment. there may, repeat, may be new reason to fear that its threats of a nuclear attack are much more serious than we thought. it's a stunning new development, even as kim jong-un could order at least one missile to launch literally at any time. let's bring in chris lawrence. he has the very latest. chris? >> wolf, several pentagon officials just told me they were completely caught offguard by the fact that this revelation was put out there in an open hearing. look, the holy grail for north korea has always been being able to take a fu clear bomb, which we know they have, and making it small enough to fit on the end of a missile. this assessment s
tomorrow. what can he and the chinese leadership do to walk kim jong- un from the brink? >> we have a problem together. china may be able to unlock the problem. they have enormous leverage with north korea and the u.s. wants to show -- it is showing a lot of toughness and resolve and you saw that in seoul, and it is looking to be restrained so as not to provoke the young leader and china has the capacity to give kim jong-un the message that china naand and russia stop.orth korea to >> is china unwilling to use the leverage for food and fuel, or just unable? >> china has been conflicted. they don't want to see a threat to korea but china is afraid of a disintergration leading to a refugee flow, and the korean penninsula united in the u.s. and gavive an advatage. this week, the new chinese president showed his frustration with north korea's leadership. chinese areoepe the hoping they will be more reasonable. >> who has influence with kim jong-un now? >> most believe china is the only country. the russian government as well. they have military assistance and it is important to see the
are getting new details about the people empowering north korea. kim jong-un took over in december of 2011 but who is advising him in reporter chris lawrence took a closer look at kim jong-un's inner circle. >> north korean video shows how kim jong-un wants the world to see him. but they barely give us a peek into kim's inner circle. what are we not seeing in this video? >> the people whispering in his ear telling him -- who is he withholding to -- bee holding to as his key officers. >> reporter: he focused on correia. >> here we see a row of male officials and one woman. who is she? >> this is the aunt. this is the sister of kim jung- ill. >> reporter: kim young wee holds powerful positions in north korea's cabinet. they made her's four star general in 2010 and she helped transfer power from her brother to her nephew. >> she is someone who is an operator behind the scenes. >> reporter: in the most powerful -- and the most powerful woman in north korea. >> it's her husband who is the rainmaker of the kim regime. >> reporter: he led north korea's attemp
frustrated with kim jong-un's threats. >> they don't want to see north korea collapse. for this reason, they'll push him a little bit, but won't push the north koreans hard enough in a way that would help to reach a denuclearization outcome. >> reporter: u.s. officials say that china is already tightening its purse strings regarding north korea, but clearly not enough to get kim jong-un to end this crisis and back down. lester? >> andrea, what does china see as its interests in helping to diffusing tensions? >> reporter: china wants stability. the argument from kerry to the chinese leader and as i say, met with everyone including the chinese president, the argument is that it is more destabilizing to go along with your long time ally, north korea. so china resents and resists and fears american force, wants that buffer of north korea between china and the american allies of south korea and japan. but the argument now is that kim jong-un is so unstable, that that is a bigger threat and that they should put up with america in order to get him to tone it down. >> andrea mitchell in beijing. and
rhetoric from north korea, not everyone is convinced about the threat. >> look past the picture of kim jong-un, putting north korean rockets on standby inside his military command. there's a chart marked "u.s. mainland strike plan." with missile trails aiming at hawaii, california, d.c., and for some reason austin, texas. >> wait a minute, you're going to blow up austin, texas? what, are you just trying to get the rest of texas on your side? or d. or did south by southwest reject your independencie film "little miss un-shine." >>> p.j. crowley joins us live. that's next. more than two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. we've shared what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. bp's also committed to america. we support nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®.
. >> the bottom line is very simply that what kim jong-un has been choosing to do is provocative, it is dangerous, reckless, and the united states will not accept the dprk as a nuclear state. >> north korea detonated a small nuclear bomb seven weeks ago. this has escalated the ongoing cycle of provocation by north korea and counter-provocation by the u.s. and the u.n. march 7th, u.n. security council votes unanimously to sanction pee i don't sanction pyongyang. march 11th, the u.s., and south korea, our longstanding ally, began joint annual war games. march 12th. north korea nullifies korean war's 60-year-old armistice between north and south and threatens to attack. march 20, north korea launches cyber attack on seoul, south korea. march 22. the u.s. and ally south korea announce an agreement to retaliate jointly against any attack. march 26th, north korea puts artillery and market forces on highest alert and cuts its hotline to south korea. march 28th. the u.s. displays its nuclear umbrella in action. two b-2 stealth bombers make a daylight bombing run in south korea. april 2, tuesday of this p
of americans in danger. and is someone pulling kim jong-un's strings? we're learning about two people with considerable power to influence north korea's young ruler. >>> in north korea right now, we're told that two -- two -- missiles are in their launchers, loaded and ready to go. the white house said it won't be surprised if kim jong-un orders those missiles to be fired in a new test of his military power. the communist leader is sending all sorts of signals about his next move, and when it might happen, including an ominous new warning to foreign diplomats in the north korean capital. our correspondents are standing by with all the latest developments in the region. and here in the united states. christiane amanpour and faique sa cary are here. but first, let's go to our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, for the very latest. barbara? >> wolf, there were some initial signs today that things could be cooling off a little bit with the north koreans. but then again, maybe not. a dire new warning from kim jong-un, to foreign embassies in the capital pyongyang. after april 10th, the
is operating right now. >> what is the perception of kim jong-un in the south. >> very simp by, koreans think he's completely crazy, that he is perhaps even worse than his father. a lot of times you look on some of the korean newspapers, some of the blogs, people are making fun of his fact, calling him a pig, calling him a dog. they cannot stand him. but that unpredictability is what nay are concerned about. u he is a man child with his finger on the nuclear button. he's trying to shore up support among his own people and the outside world. here in south korea they feel they have the bullseye on them with a maniac in the north looking right at them. in an unvarnished view how koreans view kim jong-un. >> thank you very much. in a few minutes we'll talk with someone who understands a threat from north korea better than most. plus, nelson mandela out of the hospital. if there was a pill to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as y
now, kim jong-un keeps the world on edge. his missiles could launch literally at any moment. and there are new signs he won't stop with just one provocation. plus, cnn's rare visit to the dividing line between north and south korea. it's the most mill tarrized border on the planet, where the threat of war is very real. and like something out of the and like something out of the movie "the godfather." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin the hour with the warnings from the defense secretary of the united states. the communist leader could order a missile test launch at any moment. we're being told that the north koreans are military masters of deception, who may have something else up their sleeves as well. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us now with the very latest. barbara? >> well, wolf, military masters of deception indeed. and new indications that the north koreans, they have some other plans up their sleeve. defense secretary chuck hagel's message to kim jong-un and his north korean regime, enough is enough. >> with its bellicose rhetor
as reclue communist country is celebrating the founder. kim jong-un is keeping the world on edge with threats to test a new mid range missile that some believe could hit u.s. te territories and its allies. >> directly threatened by north korea specifically, guam, hawaii, possibly at some point, given the direction, kim jong-un has indicate heed wants to go continental united states. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry may be in the path. he is currently in japan and previous north korean missiles have flown over that country. this student says i am constantly worried about another launch happening. the japanese defense ministry deployed pac 3 interceptors to protect people again the missile threat and patriot missiles are on stand by in south korea. while nuclear armed north korea continues to turn up the verbal assault against the united states. the president of the north korean assembly vowed to quote mercilessly punish u.s. imperialism and its followers and urged north koreans to quote, prepare for an all out war against the united states. the north rejected the south's
happen literally at any moment without warning. plus, kim jong-un's family secrets, how he rose to power over his brothers, and his insecurities right now. and a clear and direct threat to america. very strong words coming from the top u.s. military commander of all u.s. forces in the pacific. his troops are preparing for the his troops are preparing for the worst. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a u.s. official tells us that a launch of north korea's ballistic missiles may be imminent. and it might happen without the usual warning to planes and ships in the region. that's a very, very dangerous scenario. defensive missiles are now poised in japan. in south korea, and on guam, where there are 6,000 u.s. troops. the united states says it will track any missiles launched by kim jong-un and quickly decide whether to shoot them down. our correspondents are covering this crisis from around the globe, as only cnn can. and christiane amanpour and fareed zakaria are following every new development and joining us this hour. but first, let's go to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrenc
korea, john but the problem is kim jong-un has painted himself into a corner, or to use another metaphor, he is way out on a limb. he has threatened to attack american soldiers, attack the united states of america. now, if he does something now, the americans this time, unlike in the past, are going to respond and hit him hard, in which case you could have a war, and if he does nothing, he is in real danger of being humiliated and losing face with his own military and in his own country. so he is really out there. but i do agree with your basic premise, john, the united states, in my judgment, ought to communicate directly with him and, quite frankly, if i were barack obama, in the last analysis to prevent a war, i would call him up on the telephone and say, i want to talk to you. >> why is kim pushing obama's button? >> because he's the third generation, and he's 29 or 30 years old. he's proving himself as the new leader of north korea. and he's playing the same kind of brinksmanship that his father and his grandfather played before him. i think just about everyone of these steps has be
past the picture of kim jong-un. there's a chart with missile trails aiming at hawaii, california, d.c. and for some reason austin, texas. [ laughter ] >> jon: you are going to blow up austin, texas. what are you just trying to get the rest of texas. it on your side? [laughter] or -- are you trying to get the rest of texas on your side? or did they reject your indi film little miss unshine. is that what you are mad about? all right. nice legs. old kim is trying to scare us a little bit. the bombing austin thing undercuts but what snels. >> this showing north korean military leaders looking at a computer that looks pretty antiquated. >> jon: let me stop you right there. it doesn't look antiquated it looks like a harpsicord with a panic button. planning to start a nuclear war or play nights in what satin, wow, am i old. i thought that would land there but perhaps the audience was thinking well that was actually not on a hardsichord. that's why we didn't laugh not the fact that you are (bleep) old man. provoke us, kim. >> north korea released a picture shows amphibious pictures engaged
, wondering what kim jong- un's nets -- next step will be. >> it is life as usual for foreign embassies in pyongyang. last week, the northern regime told diplomats they had to leave by today. the warning was widely ignored by the foreign diplomatic corps. however, locals in pyongyang believe their leaders mean business. >> it will be an all-out war, the korean peninsula will be turned into a sea of fire. it was a generous humanitarian gesture to warn the foreigners. >> on the other side of the border, south koreans are holding peace demonstrations. the protesters are urging north korean dictator kim jong to tone down the rhetoric so the two korea's -- kim jong-un to tone. bash down the rhetoric so the two korea's can exist in peace -- kim jong-un to tone down the rhetoric so the two korea's can exist in peace. the foreign minister said it was likely the north would test a medium-range missile in the coming days that could potentially reach south korea, japan, or one. -- qualguam. in washington, the commander of u.s. forces in the pacific made it clear he would consider firing a missile
next week. after kim jong-un's latest power play. nbc's richard engel is in seoul. >> reporter: kim jong-un undid years of diplomacy vowing to reopen the yongbyon nuclear reactor, capable of producing enough plutonium to make a nuclear bomb a year. north korea closed it in 2007, even destroying a cooling tower. to show its commitment to a now shattered deal with the u.s. >> if they restart their nuclear facility, yongbyon, that is in direct violation of their international obligations and would be a very serious step. >> reporter: but kim jong-un shows no sign that he's even listening to the outside world. it would be a mistake to dismiss kim as a mere boy emperor stomping his feet. >> people think north korea is unpredictable. it's very predictable. it's power driven. exploit weaknesses. intolerant, uncompromising type of view. >> reporter: north korea lives on this philosophy and not much else. it's desperately poor. famine ravages the countryside. the capital is a modern-looking city of more than 3 million. but look closer. fly over pyongyang using google earth, and you see city
get bags filled with candy. gifts from new supreme leader, kim jong-un. but the rest of the world is only getting continued hostility from kim jong-un. in tokyo, secretary of state john kerry tried to ease the tension saying that direct talks with the north could begin if pyongyang canceled the test of a mobile ballistic missile something that could happen in the coming days. >> they indicate their commit ment to move to the area and they stop where they are now with respect to the testing and this provocative series of nuclearizing efforts, then hopefully we can get into a serious negotiation. >> the north is refusing talks something the house calls regrettable and pyongyang insists the nuclear weapons arrest necessary deterrent because of the threat posed to it by the united states and our allies. secretary of state john kerry met with chinese leaders during his asia trip trying to convince them to pressure kim jong-un to stop the launch. >> it would be irresponsible of the president when you have something bragging they have the ability to hit hawaii or to hit guam not to take
for target practice. absolute leader kim jong un says he's put north korea's missiles at the ready calling his nuclear weapons the nation's life. secretary of defense hagel calls the north belligerent. >> it has ratcheted up the danger. >> reporter: south korea's president says she will respond to force with force. but it was calm here in seoul today. it's all bark, they say -- no bite. >> i really don't think people are thinking they are going to come actually attack us because, you know, america has our back. >> reporter: most people in seoul think the north is bluffing. the question is why. experts say kim jong un is in the process of consolidating power and he's generating a crisis to whip his people up into a wartime patriotic frenzy so they will rally around the leader while he eliminates rivals. he's threatening war to clean house. there are big changes under way. look at this video from late 2011, the funeral of kim's father, kim jong il. the hearse surrounded by his hand-picked successors. since then nearly all have fallen from favor except kim jong un. the world's last stalinist
is different in the era of respected kim jong-un. >> paul: those really are fighting words, but how serious a threat is it? let's ask wall street journal columnist and deputy editor dan henninging, matt comiskey and kim strassel. are we on the brink of war or it's a bluff? >> it's happened before and they've done the kind of threats. the thing about north korea, we don't know. we don't know much about who is running north korea, a new, 28, 29, 30-year-old leader in kim jong-un. >> paul: we don't know how old he is. >> exactly. and is he controlled by the generals. is he doing this to establish his own legitimacy? we have the questions and there's a danger will north korea if you push them too far, they might do something stupid. >> paul: push them too far, how? they're reacting to the sanctions that the u.s. put on after the last launch and nuclear test. how does the world respond to that when it's a violation of global norms and previous u.n. actions? >> absolutely, you don't know because they are unpredictable and you be very careful how you manage this. i think we've responded well by sa
report, it appears, kim jong-un is closer to launching a test missile than talking with american leaders. >> the contrast could not have been more dramatic. in pyongyang, runners from around the world celebrating tomorrow's birthday of kim jong-un's grandfather, the nation's founder. in tokyo, john kerry reassured japan the u.s. will defend it. the obama administration would negotiate th pyongyang under the right circumstances. >> what we ought to be talking about are the possibilities of peace. i think there are those possibilities notwithstanding the rhetoric and the provocations. >> japan was under the flight path of north korea's last missile test in february. and is now protected by u.s. provided patriot missile defenses. and kerry found strong support for luring pyongyang back to disarmament talks. >> the u.s. will do what is necessary to defend our allies, japan, republic of korea and the region against provocation. but our choice is to negotiate. our choice is to move to the table and find a way for the region to have peace. >> north korea rejected an idea friday from south korea
newsing asy reported on the annual assembly in pyongyang. leelder kim jong un attended the meeting. they adopted legislation to reenforce the nation's nuclear capabilities. they also voted to create a bureau of what they call space development. security analysts sat rocket program is a cover for developing balic missiles. dell fwats agreed to increase the quantity and quality of records. the parliament reappointed pack upon ju to the commission. he was appointed director of the light industry. he'll pay a key role in economic policy. >>> the economic interests of north korean leaders are in some cases trumping feelings of animosity they have toward their neighbor. they allowed south korean workers to cross the border on monday to operate a jointly run industrial complex. but some of the workers say the atmosphere at the facility has changed. north korean officials said over the woke end, they would close the industrial park if south korea continued trying to undermine their nation's dignity. they announced monday they would allow personnel in and out of the zon
obligations, and would be a very serious step. >> reporter: but kim jong-un shows no sign that he's even listening to the outside world. north korea is making it clear it has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons. in fact, it wants to develop them. the question being asked here is how do you deter a nation that believes, because of its nuclear arsenal, it doesn't need to compromise? it would be a mistake to dismiss kim as a mere boy emperor, stomping his feet. his country has been described as a giant cult, worshipping three generations of a single family for more than six decades. kim jong-un, his father, and his father. the ruling philosophy, military first. an undefeatable military is essential. rivals bent on its destruction must be opposed. >> people think north korea is unpredictable. it's very predictable. it's very power driven, exploitably intolerant, uncompromising, type of view. >> reporter: north korea lives on this philosophy, and not much else. it's desperately poor. famine ravages the countryside. the capital is a modern-looking city of more than 3 million. but fly
, where kim jong-un is at issue. nbc bay area steve handelsman has the latest for us this evening from washington, d.c. steve? >> reporter: raj, thank you, this move to try to shield guam comes as north korea has renewed the threat to attack the u.s. trying to figure out what is going on with this young, erratic north korean leader, kim jong-un, the officials in washington are looking into it. bayers went up at the kaesong industrial area, more than 100 factories couldn't operate. the latest move by north korea look s drastic, because it hurt north koreans who work here. 50,000, cheap labor for south korean companies, one of the few ways the north and south cooperate. >> this is a symbol that kept people talking and moving. >> reporter: now that is snapped by kim jong-un, a new line crossed by north korea's erratic leader, who vowed yesterday to reopen a nuclear weapons reactor, and vowed yesterday to attack u.s. cities. the pentagon confirms a system is being sent to the u.s. base on guam, to intercept any north korean missiles. secretary of defense chuck hagel's assessment today. >>
in retaliation by south korea or someone else. overall, as you suggest, this is an effort by kim jong-un to shore up his situation at home. he clearly has not been able to find an exit ramp and does not know how to wind this thing down at all, which is why it just keeps getting more and more tense. >> when you were involved in the six-party talks, kim jong-un was not the leader of korea. watching him in the past week, what do you think you have learned about him? >> i think we are aware, as they say in the u.s., that he is not ready for prime time. he did not seem to have a clue what he is doing. >> that is a dangerous player, is in it? >> you got it. the north korean military, which is also totally isolated, i think they may have a big role in it. think it will give them something to back off. but no one is in the mood to do that, not the south korean or anyone else. and when you hear the chinese president basically criticizing the north koreans in detail, we have never seen that before. they are more isolated than ever before. i think they just do not know how to stop this stance. if they wante
mistake for him to choose to do that because it will further isolate his country. kim jong-un needs to understand, as i think probably does, what the outcome of the conflict would be. >> kerry spoke some seoul after a meeting with his counterpart. >> we are all united in the fact that north korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power. the rhetoric we are hearing from north korea is simply unacceptable. >> kerry met separately with president park. kerry is reported to say they should act with caution to keep the situation from escalating further. the meetings were aimed at diffusing tensions over north korea's missile threat and provocative rhetoric. nhk's anthony yazaki has more. >> reporter: in a news conference following the meeting, kerry used unprecedentedly strong language from a secretary of state to deliver a warning to north korea. his intention was to show pyongyang that u.s. ties with south korea are strong, and that america is prepared to take decisive action if the north were to attack the south. kerry will visit china on saturday to meet with president xi jinping and
cutting off funding for north korea, or some other pressure they can put on kim jong-un? >> well, economics is the number one pressure. right now north korea gets a lot of the money that keeps its government afloat by the trade with china. china buys coal and minerals and other things they need to operate along the border there, and they import the goods and pay north korea very low amounts, and some say pennies on the dollars of what it's worth and some say that's because of the difficult conditions in north korea, and no power, they have to string the power cables across the border from china. that's part of the problem. they don't have trade with anybody else around the world. there may be the possibility of loans that we don't know about. the u.s. wants to put pressure on this as well as pressure on some of the companies that do business from north korea with the rest of the world that are known to be involved in selling missile technology, for example, countries like iran. awful those things are on the table and trying to calm things down on the korean peninsula. china can b
of the actions of kim jong un. just to state he has begun the celebration for his grandfather's birthday at midnight, visiting the palace, to themarch 11, he came little island you can see over my shoulder, and he told them in the event of a war they should in gulstan flames, cut the windpipes, and snapped a waste of the marines and soldiers here. if you are talking to them, they are less worried now the words should turn into deeds and the impact they are having on the economy, most particularly on the tourist industry. as tensions have risen, the numbers are rising on the mainland. fishing has long been a staple of life. tourism has become big business, a chance to look out on north korea. while the rhythms of life appeared to go on, largely untroubled by politics, and the impact to the missing visitors is already being felt. people think they will die here, so tourists have stopped coming. >> north. 's young leader has issued a direct threat -- northcom rihanna's young leader has issued a direct threat. -- north korea's young leader has issued a direct threat. the reality of race has
. dependscrisis plays out upon the name of kim jong un, whether he really 6 war peace. peace.s war or >> all week we have been gauging reaction to the move in seoul and washington. we have the view from loss angeles, home to one of the largest korean population in america. we've been out into the community they're finding out how they are responding. of northng the tastes and south korea in the kitchen in south los angeles. fellow defector met in south korea before moving here. she says the difference is like heaven and earth. she said north korea is not capable of carrying out the threat. the president is john and he is trying to show the country he is strong but he is afraid of america and knows the country will be crushed. her husband said growing up there were taught america was the reason they were starving and only after leaving did he discover this was not true. orrea -- koreatown is the largest concentration of koreans living outside asia. not since the end of the cold war has the u.s. west coast really worried about the threat of a nuclear attack but people here are asking, should we be
mints, except crystal meth is less addictive. [laughter] now -- [cheers and applause] folks, kim jong un-reasonable [laughter] has been pushed to the brink by the latest u.n. sanctions against his country. evidently, they embargoed the last two products you could sell to north korea: non-shiny pebbles and bob seger cassettes. [laughter] not that the dprk doesn't have technology. just look at this recent photo of the dear leader with north korea's version of the ipad. [laughter] now he can play minesweeper on the computer, instead of his old way, by sending peasants into a field. [laughter] make no mistake, folks. and make no mistake kim jong un is determined to strike within the united states. >> the fiery rhetoric coming from the north, korea's young leader has been picking up speed in recent weeks. it's not just seoul in the crosshairs. pyongyang says it is targeting u.s. cities including austin, texas. >> stephen: yes, austin, texas. no surprise-- kim jong un is a sworn enemy of the south by southwest festival. [laughter] i mean -- [cheers and applause] i have managed to obtain this f
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